Chris Watney, MA, LPC, Principal, People & Possibilities LLC
Chris Watney supports individuals, families and organizations through her therapy and executive coaching practice, People and Possibilities LLC. Prior to that, Chris served from 2009 to 2016 as the President and CEO of the Colorado Children’s Campaign, a statewide advocacy organization working to increase access to health care for uninsured children, expand early childhood education access and quality; and improve the quality of our K-12 education system for every child. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, Chris served as a spokesperson for U.S. Attorneys General Janet Reno and John Ashcroft at the U.S. Department of Justice, including serving as the spokesperson for the Justice Department at the Oklahoma City bombing trials.
Chris is the chair of the Healthier Colorado Board of Directors, serves as a mayoral appointee to the Board of Directors of the Denver Preschool Program, and as a member of the Board of Directors for Gary Community Investments. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado.
Jacqueline Brown, RN, MSN, Integrated Care Director, Southeast Health Group
Jacqueline Brown directs the integrated care team, bringing together behavioral health and physical health care for patients served by Southeast Health Group. Southeast Health Group encompasses three separate subsidiaries: mental and physical health services, addiction and substance use disorder services, and private pay counseling and wellness services.
Prior to joining Southeast Health Group in 2012, Ms. Brown served as the Executive Director of Prowers County Public Health and of Baca County Public Health. She is a past president of the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials (CALPHO) and the Public Health Nurses’ Association of Colorado (PHNAC). She served on the committee that authored SB 08-194, the most substantial reform and modernization of public health services in Colorado in the last 50 years, as well as the committee that revised the state’s formula for funding local public health agencies. In 2012, the Colorado Public Health Association honored Ms. Brown with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Courtney Cuff, President and CEO, The Gill Foundation
Courtney Cuff is the President and CEO of the Gill Foundation, a position she has held since October 2013. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring that the foundation reflects the values and vision of the founder Tim Gill, including prioritizing grant-making and leading the board.
Courtney has over 20 years experience in the nonprofit sector. Before coming to the Gill Foundation, she was CEO of the Western Conservation Foundation, which she cofounded in 2005 and grew into an organization with a budget of $8 million. She has also worked as the Director of the Pacific Regional Office of the National Parks Conservation Association and as Legislative Director of Friends of the Earth.
A native of Georgia, Courtney is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a degree in sociology, and also completed an MBA executive course in social entrepreneurship at Stanford University. Courtney is also a certified sommelier with a diploma of wine from the International Sommelier Guild. She lives in Denver with her wife, son, and a dog.
Mike Dino, Senior Policy Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs, LLP
Mike Dino is a Colorado native and government affairs specialist and has 23 years of experience advising public sector clients on matters pertaining to local, state and federal governments. He assists clients in developing and implementing strategies that help them achieve their policy objectives with public officials. Mr. Dino focuses primarily on relationship development activities, network building and issues management. He works extensively with local government clients, counseling them on funding and partnering opportunities with federal government agencies.
From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Dino was the CEO of the Denver Convention Host Committee where he headed up a team that raised $55 million, managed 14,000 volunteers, and produced events hosting 50,000 Democratic National Convention guests. He served as a senior aide to Denver Mayor Wellington Webb from 1991 to 1997. He is also a political campaign expert, having been a top executive or advisor in local, state and national campaigns. In 2003, Mr. Dino was the campaign chair for Denver’s mayor, John Hickenlooper. In 2006, he was a campaign advisor to Colorado Governor, Bill Ritter, and participated in the transition team for information technology matters.
Jim García, MPA, Executive Director, Clínica Tepeyac
Jim García has been actively involved in Denver’s non-profit community for the past 24 years and has worked in various leadership capacities for a wide range of health and human service organizations. Jim received his undergraduate degree from Regis University and his Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. He is recognized as an expert in developing high level collaborative partnerships with a broad spectrum of community and governmental organizations for the purpose of addressing health disparities. In 1994, Jim founded Clínica Tepeyac, a community-based health center that provides primary care health services, behavioral health services and health education to Metro Denver’s medically underserved, predominantly Latino population. In 2011, Jim was appointed as the Executive Director of Clínica Tepeyac.
Jim serves on several Boards including the Mile High Health Alliance, Colorado Health Foundation, Mental Health America Colorado and the Denver Board of Environmental Health. Additionally, he was appointed by former Governor Bill Ritter to serve as a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission. Earlier in his career, Jim worked as a staff member for former Senator Tim Wirth and as a Senior Policy Advisor for former Governor Roy Romer.
Pete Maysmith, Executive Director, Colorado Conservation Voters
Pete Maysmith is the Executive Director of Conservation Colorado, whose mission is to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policymakers. He has a long background in political organizing work, beginning immediately upon graduating from Duke University in 1991. Over the course of the last 25 years, Mr. Maysmith has: organized at the ground level, run state and national field campaigns, lobbied at the city, state and national level, completed extensive earned media work, directed statewide candidate and ballot campaigns, run a statewide nonprofit, and served as senior leadership staff of several national organizations.
From 1998 to 2007, Mr. Maysmith worked for Common Cause, serving as the executive director of Colorado Common Cause from 2001 to 2006. He has also been a partner with Confluence Strategies. He completed an evening law degree from the University of Denver in December of 2008, graduating with honors.
Shepard Nevel, President and CEO, Jewish Family Services of Colorado
Shepard Nevel is the president and CEO of LiveWell Colorado. In this role, he leads the statewide nonprofit organization in its efforts to reduce and prevent obesity through policy, environmental and lifestyle changes that advance healthy eating and active living. Through partnerships with the private sector, 98 school districts, 35 cities and towns, and 22 locally based coalitions, LiveWell Colorado’s innovative model reaches more than one million Coloradans in ongoing and meaningful ways in support of making Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. Shepard’s career spans the health, nonprofit, policy and legal sectors. Prior to joining LiveWell Colorado, he was the vice president of policy, evaluation and communications for the Colorado Health Foundation, the state’s largest philanthropic organization and the third largest health-focused foundation in the country. Shepard joined the Colorado Health Foundation in 2007 as the vice president of operations. His previous positions include president and CEO of Jovian P4 LLC, an education-focused private foundation and technology-focused public charity established by entrepreneur (and now Congressman) Jared Polis; director of policy for Denver Mayor Wellington E. Webb; executive director of the Denver Workforce Region, an organization that provided education, training and job placement assistance for more than 55,000 adults and youth annually; and assistant county attorney in Miami-Dade County, where he served as counsel to the Public Health Trust and the Port of Miami, and state legislative liaison for Miami-Dade County.
Shepard holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University and a law degree from Columbia Law School. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District and as co-chair of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Health Care Committee. He is past chair of Colorado Bright Beginnings board of directors and past board chair of KIPP Colorado Schools. He and his wife, Anna Alejo, are the proud parents of three daughters.
Crystal Potter Rivera, Vice Chair Manager of Foundation Relations, Denver Health Foundation
Crystal Potter Rivera’s professional career spans 16 years working in nonprofit fundraising, communications and program development. This includes six years at a senior level within organizations, managing complex nonprofit development programs, and six years as a nonprofit management consultant specializing in fundraising. Crystal has generated significant funds from foundations, corporations and individual donors for a range of nonprofits diverse in size and scope, including Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, Jared Polis Foundation’s Academy of Urban Learning, Mile High United Way and Summer Scholars. In 2012, Crystal became the Manager of Foundation Relations for the Denver Health Foundation, where she is responsible for managing local and national grants totaling $4-6M annually.
As a volunteer, Crystal has served as a mentor for the Circle of Latina Leadership, on the communications committee for Colorado Black Women for Political Action, on the board of the Denver Foundation’s Colorado Nonprofit Loan Fund, and as a cook and community gardener with the St Barnabas Church Sharing Table initiative. She is currently on the board of Denver’s Center for African-American Health. She is a Denver native and holds a BA in sociology from Columbia University in New York.
John Marshall, Vice President for Student Services at Colorado Mesa University (CMU)
John Marshall is currently the Vice President for Student Services at Colorado Mesa University (CMU)—a mid-sized comprehensive public university in Grand Junction, Colorado. In this capacity, Mr. Marshall reports directly to the University President and is responsible for all student services, including the University Center, Housing and Residence Life, Financial Aid, Student Life and Activities, student health clinic services, student mental health services, diversity and advocacy, and campus safety/police. He is also a lecturer of Political Science.
Prior to his current role managing student services, Mr. Marshall served as the institution’s Director of Development, responsible for all private fundraising and gift management at the University. Before joining CMU, Mr. Marshall worked in politics and government, including serving as an assistant director of a state agency, as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor of Colorado, as well as managing both a nationally-targeted congressional campaign and a statewide gubernatorial campaign.
Mr. Marshall holds a B.A. from Colorado Mesa University, an M.P.A. from the University of Colorado Denver, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy and Administration (ABD). Mr. Marshall was selected as a 2012 Marshall Memorial Fellowship recipient (a European immersion program offered by the German Marshall Fund of the U.S.) and has been active in his community, serving on the board of directors for the Business Incubator Center, the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, the Western Colorado Business Alliance, and multiple community-based prevention efforts regarding suicide and sexual assault.